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We were pleased to find this article in the Nov. 30, 2002 edition of the “The Klondiker”. We very much appreciate the kind things written by Craig and Dianne Greene. “The Klondiker” is the official publication of the Alberta Chapter of the FMCA (Family Motor Coach Association), and is reprinted here with permission.
Fort Steele Original Campground
This gem of a Park is located 2 km. south of Fort Steele. It is an older campground with 15 amp service. It is owned and operated by Rhonda, Bob and their two children. It is like coming home, Bob or Rhonda wave to you as you come and go. They truly make you feel at home. One of their unique services is to introduce you to other campers that they feel you would enjoy associating with. You will find hummingbirds, deer, and other critters of the wild on a regular basis. This is one of the cleanest, charming, and the most hospitable campgrounds that we have ever found. The pool is super clean, and you can sign out badminton racquets, bean bag toss, or enjoy the child antics at the playground. We stopped for the night and stayed for a week. Don’t miss this one or you lose! Even though it is an older park, there is lots of room for the big rigs. A great place to take your Grandchildren (if you are lucky enough to have any).
From other campers:
“Thank you for a lovely quiet spot to meet up with our family this past week. The kids had a great time with their grandparents in the pool and around the campfire! All your hard work reflects in your campsite.”
“I just wanted to tell you guys what a great stay we had at your campground July 2. We were one of the many that decided against staying at the Esso and returning to your campground. It was the best sleep camping that I've had in a long time. Bob and Vern, thank you for reopening your office to let us register at 10 o'clock. We are already making plans to come back next summer with some friends.
Thank you for the wonderful stay! Hope to see you next year!
David and Beverly
“I recently stayed at your campground with my young son and nephew, I would just like to say what a fantastic campground you have. It was a very peaceful and relaxing stay and your pool is awesome. I will definitely recommend your campground to people who are wanting to go camping with their children but don't want to listen to all night parties, your campground is the perfect place to relax and it was nice to meet owners who are extremely pleasant to talk to thank you for making mine and the boys stay very comfortable.”
"Just wanted to let you all know how much we enjoyed staying in your campground. We all had a wonderful time. Cole and Quinn have been sharing their bat stories with everyone. Thank you Bob for taking the time to talk to the boys and share your knowledge of bats and the wildlife with them. Thanks again! Hope to see you soon!!"
Cara, Wayne, Cole, Quinn and Jesse
Summer 2008, 1997
"Once again, THANK YOU for your hospitality at our "Summer Home"! It wouldn't feel like a vacation now without a stopover at the friendliest, most relaxing campground in the world. You guys are the best!!!"
Kathy, Jeff & Hannah,
Summer 2009, 2007, 2006, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000
“Just wanted to say that I admire your campground! You have the best private camp area in the East Kootenays that I have seen!”
"We had a fantastic visit and would love to return someday."
Mike and Alice Sutherland
"I just wanted to send a quick note to let you know how happy we were to stay there, and will definitely be telling our friends (and anybody else who will listen) how pleasant your campground is. We had 4 golden retrievers with us (2 in each family's trailer) and we knew when we pulled up and saw your golden statue on your deck (we have the same one on ours) that this was the place to stay. Our dogs really enjoyed the trails, and it was really nice to see that people pick up after their dogs. The washrooms were very clean, and the staff were extremely helpful and nice. The sites were also nice and clean, and the campground nice and quiet - the only noise coming from the thunderstorm that blew over. And that I don't mind a bit. Living in the city, quiet is at a premium, and very appreciated. We had two of the sites at the upper end of the campground. Our kids really enjoyed your playground as well. I wish we could have stayed longer. I will recommend your campground to everybody at the risk of not being able to get a site the next time we come through, since you don't take reservations ;-) We will definitely return. Thank you,"
Pat & Carol B.
"This campground was the most pleasant, friendly and humorously designed campground we discovered during our 7-week travel by our RV in the western part of Canada in May, June and July of 2005. We stayed 4 nights on this well managed campground and can recommend it to every one."
Pieter van der Schee & Marion Budel
"Just wanted to say thank you for an excellent stopover. We (two fifth wheels travelling together) stopped on our way back from Alaska on July 30th. That was the night of the fly-by of the medivac chopper. That was a treat in itself. It was a pleasure to visit with three generations of nice ladies that run a nice quiet place to park a camper. Keep up the good work!!!
We hope your season went well and that you have a great winter." Thanks again,
Craig and Jane
"We recently stayed at your campground, and I just had to drop you a line to tell you how much we enjoyed our stay. I have camped for over 40 years, and during that time I have learned to stay away from private campgrounds (KOA included). We normally stay at National, Provincial or State parks, but occasionally due to timing, must stay at a private campground. Normally these are expensive, noisy, unfriendly, RV oriented places. Now after all this time I have to alter my standards. We happened on your campground because it was placed close to two things I wanted to visit in your area; Fort Steele and The Canadian Museum of Rail Travel. Your friendly welcome put me immediately at ease. We found your rates reasonable, your campground clean and well organized, and VERY QUIET! I cannot over emphasize the QUIET. No road noise, nor railway noise, no noisy camper noise!
It was nice that you have tent sites, as many private campgrounds do not.
I would heartily recommend your campground to any serious campers who want a friendly QUIET place to stay! BTW, the humming birds were an unexpected bonus."
"It is the best camping we have visited during our visit to Canada in July 2004. I will recommend it to our tour operator. A perfect campground, Congratulations and thanks!"
"I slept in for only the second time IN MY LIFE! We'll be coming back here! It's so peaceful!"
Richard & Elsie,
"Hello, we are happy we visited your campground at June 7, 2003. We enjoyed staying at your nice and quiet place. We are home now after a beautiful holiday and hope to come again some day. Good to look at your nice website and see all that good pictures. Bye"
Gerrit and Marleen, Nederland
"Thanks for putting up with our sick sense of humour. We have once again enjoyed ourselves. Hope to see you again next year!! Thanks again."
Arlene & Gord
Summer, 2001, 2002
"Thank you for showing us a wonderful time at the start of our vacation - July 29 - 30. We are home now and we had a fabulous vacation and it started with your great hospitality. The pool was so refreshing & the "Bat Talk" was outstanding. Bob, you are a great speaker & we all came away enriched from your wisdom. Thank you, thank you for sharing your knowledge."
Deb & Gord, Jordan, Dree, Adam
Clarke & Sandy, Sean, Cody
"I wanted to thank you guys for making our holiday that much more fun. It's always better when you meet nice people on the Road. Thanks again."
Bob & Joyce, Nikki, Reggie
"Hello Bob & Rhonda & family! Best wishes from Berlin. I'm again at home. It was very beautiful in Canada!!! All the best for you and your family"
Klaus and Marianne
"Just a quick note to thank you again for all your hospitality during our recent stay with you! Your kindness was much appreciated. Hope all is well with you both, and big hugs to Boomer & Sadie!"
Elizabeth & Irene
Summer, 1998, 2002, 2007
"I had a really nice trip out west and came back with a nice stack of paintings of the Rockies and their surroundings. Many thanks for your hospitality and the interesting lecture on bats. It was memorable! Many thanks!"
John & Shirley
"We enjoyed staying at your campground very much. Thank you for your hospitality and your toys. We all love playing "scoop ball", badminton and volleyball, not to mention that the girls loved swimming. We all had a lot of fun and it really "made" our trip. We would definately come back to stay at your site and recommend it to anyone, both family and tourists who visit our site and are heading your way! Thank you again."
Annie & Michael, Christina, Barbara & Family
The Fort Museum of the North West Mounted Police,
Fort Macleod, Alberta
These are only some of the letters we have received, and we are very appreciative of these folks for taking the time to send us these notes and letters!